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12 Italian Restaurants in London You Need to Visit

A refined plate of pasta.


12 Italian Restaurants in London You Need to Visit

Whether you're looking for pasta, pizza or a more refined experience, take a look at this round-up of the best Italian restaurants in London.
19 November, 2021

This list of London's best Italian restaurants has something to suit every mood and situation: from neighbourhood pizza joints, to fresh pasta, to Michelin-starred Italian restaurants. So whether you want to grab a quick but satisfying snack, slurp on some freshly-cooked spaghetti, or sit down for a more refined Italian dinner experience, you'll find it all in our guide to the best Italian restaurants in London. [This article was updated on 25/04/2022].


Two deep fried balls on marble.

Photo: Anton Rodriguez

Angelina fuses Italian and Japanese cooking in a quite brilliant way. Kaiseki and omakase menus show off the best ingredients brought together to create thrilling flavours that will take you beyond almost any sort of Italian restaurant experience in London. 


A plate of food on a table.

Courtesy of Artusi

Southeast London’s premier Italian restaurant excels with simple but electrifyingly tasty Italian-inspired cooking, taking influences from across the peninsular. Ingredients are largely locally sourced, while the wine list is strictly Italian.

Bocca di Lupo

A plate of food on a table.

Courtesy of Bocca di Lupo

Soho institution Bocca di Lupo is a buzzy treat, with its own separate gelateria. Focusing on simple regional Italian cooking, the menu is big, with plenty of crowd-pleasers and some of the best cannoli outside of Sicily.


A plate of food on a table.

Courtesy of Gold

Gold is another Italian-inspired spot, on the famous Portobello Road, with former River Cafe chef Theo Hill at the helm. Expect wood-oven and fire-charred cooking with delicious cocktails, best enjoyed in the gorgeous courtyard.

Locanda Locatelli

Chef Giorgio Locatelli’s flagship is the archetypal refined Italian restaurant experience in London. High-quality ingredients are treated with skill and care at this one-Michelin-star spot, famous for its silky pasta.


A plate of food.

Courtesy of Manteca

Having secured a permanent site in Shoreditch, Chris Leach and David Carter can continue their nose-to-tail approach to Italian cooking, with hand-rolled pasta and house-made mortadella among the specialities.


A restaurant dining room.

Courtesy of Murano

Chef Angela Hartnett’s Mayfair restaurant is another upmarket, Michelin-starred Italian. Inspired by her upbringing cooking with her Italian mother and grandmother, Hartnett’s food is simple, yet refined.


People working in a restaurant window.

Courtesy of Padella

The restaurant that started London’s fresh pasta craze, Padella’s informal approach and treatment of simple ingredients to create something wonderful keeps it top choice for a casual Italian restaurant.

Pizzeria Mozza

A pizza and a glass of wine.

Courtesy of Mozza

LA-based Nancy Silverton’s foray into the London dining scene arrived on no small wave of hype. Thankfully, it’s justified. Chewy pizzas, mountainous salads and gooey desserts will leave all who enter satiated to the point of euphoria.

River Cafe

A restaurant dining room.

Photo: Richard Bryant

This iconic Thameside eatery is, in many people’s eyes, London’s best Italian restaurant. There’s no doubting the quality of the ingredients, many of which are sourced directly from the culinary motherland. Judge for yourself – if you can get a table.


A neighbourhood pizza joint par excellence, Sodo has assorted branches across the city, where you can enjoy excellent sourdough pizzas topped with the best seasonal ingredients, washed down with craft beers and natural wines. 


A plate of pasta

Courtesy of Trullo

Padella’s grown-up sister restaurant is the midway point between casual counter-dining and the more refined restaurants on this list. The vibe is slow and easy, like its signature dish: pappardelle with eight-hour beef shin ragù.

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